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January 24, 2020
URISA Announces Release of the 2nd Edition of The GIS Management Handbook

URISA is pleased to announce the release of the second edition of The GIS Management Handbook. This is a major revision of the 2009 book by author Peter Croswell. The book has greatly expanded and updated content and comes with a valuable set of supplemental digital materials. It is a valuable resource and tool for practitioners, educators, and students.

This book is a comprehensive guide and reference to the field of GIS management. It provides practical information on the development, implementation, and operation of GIS programs and projects—for a full range of public sector, not-for-profit, and private sector organizations and companies. In addition, it is suitable for use in upper level undergraduate and graduate courses and GIS certificate programs. The GIS Management Handbook takes a practical approach providing clear descriptions of concepts, issues, and practices that may be used to improve and maximize the value and efficiency of GIS programs and projects.

Some recent comments about the publication:

“The GIS Management Handbook (2nd Edition) provides a well-written, comprehensive overview of all aspects of managing a GIS with interesting examples and case studies. It is an excellent tool for new practitioners and an excellent review for old hands.” - Corinna Vester, Operations Manager, Natural Resources Canada, Canada Centre for Mapping and Earth Observation

"Those not familiar with the previous edition of The GIS Management Handbook will find here a comprehensive collection of ideas, strategies and tools specific to the geospatial industry for effective program and project management. In this 2nd Edition, the author provides a major revision and update that will ensure GIS managers are up to date on the current literature, trends, and ideas needed to ensure future success in a growing but highly competitive and technical industry." - Professor Pat Kennelly, Long Island University Dept. of Earth and Environmental Science

“The GIS Management Handbook is a great resource filled with useful templates and information applicable to real-world scenarios. It is a valuable addition to my professional development library!” - Sam Young, GIS Program Manager, Blaine County ID

The book covers pertinent topics, including: a) organizational structures, b) program governance, c) strategic and implementation planning, d) project planning and management, e) funding and financial management, f) communications, g) human resources and staff management, h) legal concerns, policies, and standards, i) technical management and administration, and j) GIS office operations.. A full chapter on additional resources provides an excellent guide to GIS and IT organizations, Web sites, and publications, and a well-organized set of suggested readings. In addition, those who acquire this book will be given access to a comprehensive library of “supplemental digital materials”—actual documents, spreadsheets, and graphics that provide real-world examples and tools on topics covered in the book.

For further details and information on ordering, visit https://www.urisa.org/gismanagementhandbook

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